Oxalis variifolia Steud. (1841:242)

Swartland sorrel



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonyms: Oxalis heterophylla Eckl. & Zeyh. in Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral.: 94 (1835), nom. illeg.; Oxalis stenodactyla Turcz. in Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 31(I): 437 (1858); Oxalis pentaphylla E.Mey. ex Sond. in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 1: 345 (1860), not validly publ.; Oxalis pentaphylloides Sond. in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 1: 346 (1860); Acetosella pentaphylloides (Sond.) Kuntze in Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 91 (1891)


Conservation Status

Rediscovered on 16 July 2020 (iNaturalist observation)



Northern Swartland, Western Cape Province, South Africa


Biology & Ecology










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